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About Raymond Joyce

I serve as the Agriculture and Natural Resource County Extension Agent for Laurens County.

Growing Irish Potatoes

If you are looking for an easy-to-grow vegetable, then Irish potatoes are for you. Irish potatoes are a cool-season vegetable. In middle Georgia, Irish potatoes are planted around Valentine’s Day. To learn more about growing Irish potatoes, download our Home Garden Potatoes publication.
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Resources to prepare and recover from disasters

We have many research-backed resources to help before, during and after emergency situations. Whether the need is flood clean-up or financial considerations, Extension offers valuable research-based information to support communities preparing and recovering from disasters. Additionally, you’ll find related information from governmental and other Extension agencies.
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The science and secrets of four-leaf clovers

If you’ve ever scanned a field looking for a lucky four-leaf clover, then perhaps you’ve wondered why they are so rare. It turns out scientists aren’t exactly sure about the mysteries of four-leaf clovers, either. “The jury is on out why,” said Vincent Pennetti, a second-year doctoral student at the…
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SepticSmart Week 2021

Today starts SepticSmart Week 2021. Throughout the week, I will be posting information on the things you can do to make sure your septic system works as designed. Gary Hawkins, UGA Water Resource Management Specialist shares a Introduction video. Brooklyne Wassell, Pike County Extension Agent share a Protect It and…
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Growing Lettuce in Your Garden

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is a cool-season vegetable planted in early fall or early spring in Georgia. Lettuce enjoys cool temperatures and can even tolerate a light frost, but extremely cold or hot weather will cause it to perish. Choose an area that receives at least eight to ten hours of…
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Billions of Periodical Cicadas are Hatching

It has been 17 years since a set of billions of periodical cicadas emerged from their underground chambers and filled the air with boisterous buzzing and desperate mating calls. Brood X (pronounced Brood 10) is the largest emergence of the dozen periodical hatchings. The emergence will occur from northern Georgia…
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UGA Trial Gardens Spring Plant Sale

The UGA Trial Gardens Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Athens, Georgia. The trial gardens is located at 1030 West Green Street. You must pre-register for this event. Click here for more information and to register.
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UGarden Spring Plant Sale

Come rejoice in the presence of plants and other wonderful things! This year’s plant sale will include an awesome array of medicinal, edible, native, and dye plants as well nourishing products from some lovely local herbie businesses. We will be set up outside of the white metal barn in the…
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